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Latest business news about France and the European Union.

Paris is Europe's most innovative city 2017 07 November 2017, 23:16 CET
The city of Paris was awarded the 2017 European Capital of Innovation Tuesday, with a prize of EUR 1,000,000 granted under the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

France Télécom loses pensions appeal at EU Court 27 October 2016, 14:25 CET
The EU Court of Justice rejected Wednesday an appeal by France Télécom against a European Commission decision over the company's financing of reform of pensions for its civil servants.

Requiring removal of Islamic headscarf at work 'discrimination' 14 July 2016, 00:45 CET
A company policy requiring an employee to remove her Islamic headscarf when in contact with clients is unlawful discrimination, according to the opinion of the EU Court's advocate-general.

EU Strategy for the Alpine Region 29 July 2015, 10:33 CET
The European Commission officially launched the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) - the fourth EU macro-regional strategy - on 28 July. More than 70 million citizens will reap the benefits of a closer cooperation between regions and countries in terms of research and innovation, SME support, mobility, tourism, environmental protection and energy resources management. This macro-regional strategy concerns seven countries; five Member States - Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia - and two non-EU countries - Liechtenstein and Switzerland - overall involving 48 regions.

France: country overview 30 January 2017, 22:15 CET
France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing de Gaulle's 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper. The most important sectors of France's economy in 2015 were public administration, defence, education, human health and social work activities (23.0 %), wholesale and retail trade, transport, accommodation and food services (17.7 %) and industry (14.1 %). France's main export partners are Germany, Spain and the US, while its main import partners are Germany, Belgium and Italy.

Doing business in France: Staff welfare 30 March 2012, 00:49 CET
France's labour code sets out employees' rights in relation to non-discrimination, gender equality in the workplace, health, maternity and paternity leave, harassment, etc.

Doing business in France: Sustainability 30 March 2012, 00:40 CET
CSR encourages businesses to take account of social and environmental concerns in their business strategies, management and operation methods, and the design of their products and services.

Doing business in France: Environmental rules 30 March 2012, 00:47 CET
France adopted its national sustainable development strategy in 2003 and its environment charter in 2004. The purpose of sustainable development for businesses is to improve and assess environmental, social and economic performance.

EU okays funding mechanism for France Télévisions 20 July 2010, 23:05 CET
The European Commission has approved the annual funding mechanism for France Télévisions, which is deemed to comply with the European Union's state aid rules.

EU approves the acquisition of Giraud by French Geodis 16 July 2010, 00:10 CET
The European Commission has approved, in accordance with the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition by Geodis, which belongs to the SNCF group, of sole control of Giraud, an international road freight group.

EU okays acquisition of French IMS by Jacquet Metals 16 July 2010, 00:10 CET
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the French IMS International Metal Service by the Belgian JSA SA, the holding company of Jacquet Metals of France, both active in the distribution of steel products throughout the EU.

EU approves acquisition of Tarmac of Germany 11 June 2010, 23:12 CET
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation part of the proposed acquisition of the aggregate activities of Tarmac, part of the UK-based Anglo American group, by Eurovia, part of the French Vinci group.

Commission authorises French funding for Daher-Socata and Sogerma 15 April 2010, 00:18 CET
The European Commission has authorised France under EU State aid rules to grant repayable advances of €35.14 million to Daher-Socata (€12.34 million) and Sogerma (€22.8 million).

EU court orders France Télécom to pay overdue taxes of 1140 million EUR 07 December 2009, 19:48 CET
The European Court of Appeals has confirmed a Commission decision to order the recovery of aid granted to France Télécom in the form of tax breaks. Over a 12-year period, France Télécom benefited from state aid amounting to a potential sum of EUR 1,140 million.

Bredin Prat - Independent French law firm in Paris and Brussels 11 October 2013, 23:32 CET
Bredin Prat is an independent French law firm offering unique expertise in selected practice areas.

EU Court upholds graphite cartel fines 17 November 2009, 20:17 CET
The European Court of Justice has upheld fines, totaling EUR 101.4 million, imposed by the European Commission in 2003, on some of the region's top industrial groups for their role in a cartel that fixed the price of carbon based products.

France Investment Climate 2009 23 October 2009, 16:30 CET
Ensuring that France's investment climate is attractive to foreign investors is a stated priority for the French government, which sees foreign investment as a way to create jobs and stimulate growth.

Representation of the European Commission in France 23 October 2009, 16:30 CET
Contacts of the European Commission representation in France.

France: Economy Overview 09 May 2012, 23:22 CET
France is in the midst of transition from a well-to-do modern economy that has featured extensive government ownership and intervention to one that relies more on market mechanisms.

Access to finance 13 June 2012, 00:22 CET
Entrepreneurs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have access to only quite limited financial resources. To help them, France offers many sources of financial support.

Marseille European Capital of Culture for France in 2013 18 September 2008, 13:46 CET
The jury responsible for assessing the applications for the title of "European Capital of Culture 2013", which met on16 September in Paris recommends that the title be bestowed on Marseille for France. Four cities were still in contention after the preselection meeting last December: Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse. The choice of Marseille should be formally endorsed by the Council of Ministers of the European Union in May 2009.

The Best Places to Buy a Home in France 12 February 2008, 13:59 CET
Essential reading for anyone planning to buy a home in France and the only book designed to help readers find the perfect location for a home and save endless weeks of research.

France and the euro 03 February 2008, 23:46 CET
France is a founding member of the European Union and was one of the first-wave EU countries to adopt the euro on 1 January 1999.

Find an office in France 31 August 2006, 23:01 CET
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France country profile 08 June 2012, 16:24 CET
France is one of the largest countries in Europe, stretching from the North Sea to the Mediterranean. France is a founder Member State of the European Union.